If you’ve been around here for a while, you know that I try to help people eat well without a lot of fuss in the kitchen. It’s not that I don’t think food preparation is worthy of our time. I just know that most people get hung up on dinner thinking that it will take too long to make a home cooked meal.
We eat at home almost every single night of the week, and I rarely ever spend more than thirty minutes on dinner. I have the same philosophy with my side dishes. Simple is better in my book, and in my opinion, the simple dishes often taste the best. Most nights my formula for eating well and keeping healthy eating sustainable is a simply prepared protein source like a large piece of meat in the slow cooker and a simple side dish.
I’ve compiled a list of simple side dishes that either contain very few ingredients, take very little hands on time, or are quick cooking. Dinner doesn’t have to be complicated to be delicious and nourish the body. Enjoy, friends!
Butternut squash with rosemary: Peel butternut squash and cut off ends. Cube squash and place on baking sheet, lined with parchment paper for easy clean up. Dot with 4 T. butter, 1 T. sucanant or honey, salt, pepper, and 3-4 sprigs of rosemary, stems removed. Roast at 375 until squash is tender, about 15-20 minutes.
Sautéd spinach with butter: Melt butter in a skillet. Quickly saute spinach until wilted and sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Spinach shrinks down quite a bit, so you might need more spinach than what you think.
Baked sweet potatoes: Wash sweet potatoes. Poke with a fork. Bake on a baking dish at 350 degrees for about an hour.
Rice cooked in broth: Using homemade broth, bring 2 cups broth to a boil with 1 cup rice. Cover, turn down heat to simmer, and let sit for about 15-20 minutes. Fluff, season with salt and a generous amount of fresh herbs.
Beans in a slow cooker: Any bean variety can be cooked in the slow cooker.
Salad: Don’t forget about no-cook sides like cut up vegetables or salads. Use a simple homemade dressing. Easy peasy.